Castro set to join leadership
© Greg Nash

Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) will accept a role as chief deputy minority whip on Thursday, according to a report in Politico.

“As a young, up-and-coming House Democrat and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Castro will help ensure all parts of our caucus are represented at the table and that their voices are heard,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Politico.

“He is an outstanding addition to our team, and I look forward to working with him to keep Democrats united throughout the 114th Congress.”


Castro is largely seen as a rising star in the party, along with his identical twin brother Julián, who serves as President Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Joaquín serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, plum positions for a young lawmaker.

“I look forward to taking on more responsibility,” he told Politico.

“There are going to be big pieces of legislation coming forward in the next few months, and I’m ready to be helping in rounding up Democrats.”

The ascension of the second-term lawmaker to leadership brings another younger perspective to House Democratic leadership, which is mostly made up of veteran lawmakers. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Hoyer, Assistant Leader James Clyburn (S.C.), and Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) have all served in Congress since at least 1993.

But Hoyer has a history of bringing younger lawmakers into his whip team. Castro will join fellow sophomore Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and a number of other Democratic representatives who already serve as chief deputy whips. It’s up to those lawmakers to gauge where the caucus stands on legislation and “whip” them into line with party leadership.